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December Math Games

Are you looking at the calendar and wondering how December is here?! Me too! But I am SO excited for the lastest games to add to my classroom math centers!

I love that so many K-2 teachers around the country are using Centers in a Snap for ready-to-go math games for Centers. These teachers are saving time and energy by not running around but more importantly, their students are having FUN during Math time while reviewing foundational math skills!

Centers in a Snap is easy for you to use. You open the box, make a few cuts, and get your kiddos going on standards-based games. Oh, and did I mention that ALL of the manipulatives are included in the box so you don’t need to run around a find anything?

Three math boxes are available to choose from each month: Kindergarten Math Games, 1st Grade Math Games, and 2nd Grade Math Games. Each game is designed to be skill-appropriate for the current month using fun Christmas and Hanukkah themes.

Read on to take a peek at a few of the games included in December’s Centers in a Snap games!

Game Directions

Each game includes directions that also have a QR code. When your student scans the included QR code, I show them how to play it so you don’t have to!

Students simply scan QR codes & I teach them to play!

Each set of directions walks your students through all of the materials they will need and how to play the game. And if they ever forget how to play, they can always scan the QR code to watch it again!

December Games

Keep reading to take a peek at a few of December’s Math Games!

All of the pictures below are from the first-grade box. However, I’ve included notes below each game to show how the different versions vary slightly.

Lit Up for Subtraction

Lit Up for Subtraction gives your students a chance to practice subtraction through a fun bump game. They roll two dice, and the numbers, and then subtract from 20. The goal is to be the first player to use all of his/her counters!

Kindergarten: students subtract from 10
2nd Grade: students roll, add, and subtract from 50

Spinning Dreidels

This game is sure to be a hit in your classroom! Students flip the timer, spins the dreidel, and records the tallies as many times as they can before time runs out. After two turns, students graph the results.

Kindergarten: students spin dreidel and color in a corresponding number
2nd Grade: same game

Sweet Measurement

I bet this will be the favorite game of the month! Students use acrylic peppermints to measure the sweet pictures and record the answers on his/her recording sheet.

Kindergarten: students measure and draw a line to match the object and number
2nd Grade: students measure with peppermints and ruler

Related Reading: Gingerbread Man Activities for First Grade

Rudolph Doubles + 1

The all-important doubles facts get their turn in this game! Students roll the die, double the number and add one more to determine which number to uncover.

The player to uncover all of the numbers first on his/her gameboard is the winner!

Kindergarten: students use a 1-6 die and add 1 to the roll
2nd Grade: students add 10 to the number they double and roll

Santa’s Shapes

How can you not smile when you look at this game?! To play, students each have a gameboard and counters. On his/her turn, they spin the spinner and cover up the corresponding shape on the gameboard.

First player to cover each shape on his/her gameboard is the winner!

Kindergarten: number of sides
2nd Grade: number of angles

Oh Snap!

Students will get a chance to practice tens pairs with this game.

On his/her turn, the student rolls the die and determines which number they need to figure out in order to make a tens pair. The first player to cover 3 numbers in a row with the fun Christmas eraser wins!

Kindergarten: Number Recognition
2nd Grade: 100s Pairs

What games will your students love playing this month? Don’t forget – there are six more games included for December, too!

Want to try out a December game? Enter your info below to grab a sample!

Don’t wait to sign up for Centers in a Snap! There are only a limited number of boxes each month and you don’t want to miss out on saving yourself time and giving your students fun!

If you’re using the digital version of Centers in a Snap, you can find the materials included in the box here.

Want to see how I manage the games? Go read this blog post!

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